Parade of Pharaohs

I hope everyone can see this video.

this was the live stream event of THE PHARAOHS GOLDEN PARADE which marks the journey of 22 of Egypt’s royal mummies from one museum to their final resting place. I found it passionate and moving. The music and performance was spectacular. While the entire program is 2+ hours, the first hour is largely history and documentary programming.

As such, I recommend starting at about the 1:11:00 (1 hour and 11 minute) mark. For those that do not speak egyptian/arabic there are usually english subtitles and/or english translation.

I do wish that I knew what musical pieces were performed and the composers. But so far I have not found out.

Congratulations to Egypt for this fantastic and marvelous presentation. I found it powerful and emotional.

I love going to carparks early on a Sunday morning when they are mostly empty. I like driving real slow through all the levels. One thing I love is that it is like a drive-thru gallery (or sorts). Each portal to the outside is like an artwork hanging on a gallery wall.

Favorite New Music

I’ve always loved when classical collides with composers and performers in other genres like rock, pop, jazz etc. I recently purchased L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S. with music by classical composer Nicholas Lens and lyrics by alt. rock icon Nick Cave. 12 tracks of pure magic. I was completely transfixed while listening. From the opening notes I felt compelled to quietly sit and listen to the entire album. Enjoy this track LITANY OF THE FORSAKEN.

dumpster life lessons

If you see something (or dare I say, someone) that you or others would label an “eyesore” or pain-in-the-ass.    Look again.   I dare you to find beauty and meaning in those things.   It is difficult; but, it can lead to new understandings, acceptance and maybe even appreciation.   My interest in dumpsters or what others may call containers (or whatever you use to collect rubbish, trash, garbage) is well known and long standing.   Dumpsters are not only utilitarian but can reveal a beauty that was forged within their utilitarian function.   This morning (2/14/21) I decided to head out with my camera (my valentine – LOL).  I came across this large dumpster at a building where construction was being done.   I almost never ever pass up a dumpster opportunity and this was no exception.  You can see from the first image – the setting.  Unimpressive, maybe even documentary.   But that doesn’t stop me.  That’s just the entry point for my imagination and creative thinking.   I somehow am inspired by suffering, difficulty and challenges and find they are signposts along the road of life to happiness.   I don’t seek them out but when they present themselves I do seek to turn around those situations into something worthwhile or worth living for.   

Hinge:   It all hinges on seeing that difficulty as an open door to something better.  Unexpected – most likely.   But a door or pathway revealed that I may not have considered before.

Overview:  When we are confronted by such a door we must take a step back and take time to look at the details.

Details: These details offer clarity, understanding and unapologetic saturation and texture that makes it possible for us to complete the transformation from repulsion to acceptance and maybe even a sense of beauty.  Art.  Life is art – from beginning through to the end – and after the end, in memory and spirit. 

*to view larger individual images in order: click on the first image below showing the dumpster in it’s habitat.   Then click on the arrows to navigate through the complete set of images.